Fiji Multi-Country Office

Photo: UN Women/Caitlin Clifford
Photo: UN Women/Caitlin-Clifford

UN Women’s Fiji Multi-Country Office (MCO) works with governments and civil society organisations across 14 Pacific Island countries and territories to address gender inequality, empower women and build more inclusive societies.

Within the Pacific, there is a growing recognition that empowering women fuels thriving economies, spurring productivity and growth. To this end, some progress towards gender equality has been made at regional, national and community levels.

Notable achievements to close the gap in gender equality in the Pacific include the fact that there are now more girls then ever enrolled in schools and graduating, more women taking up senior professional roles, and new legislation to protect women and girls from domestic violence.

Despite these gains, there is still much work ahead.

While women are increasingly active in the business sector, they are still more likely to be in low wage or unpaid family employment. The Pacific still has the lowest global percentages of women in leadership roles including the world’s lowest overall average of women in parliament.

And although women are now more protected by domestic violence laws passed in 10 Pacific States between 2008 and 2014, the Pacific still has twice the global average of violence against women. Further, increasingly severe natural disasters in the region pose a risk to women, with women and children 14 times more likely to die in a natural disaster than men.

To address these issues, UN Women Fiji MCO focuses on delivering on four interlinked programme areas underpinned by support for intergovernmental and normative processes:

The Fiji MCO Office covers Fiji, Solomon Islands, The Republic of Marshall Islands, Palau, Kiribati, Samoa, Tuvalu, Tonga, Vanuatu, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands.


News and Updates

Many women have started their own businesses since participating in skills and livelihood training delivered by the project, including creating and selling handicrafts at the local markets. Photo: UN Women/Sarika Chand

We are equal, we are important, say nofotane women of Samoa

Friday, October 12, 2018

Many women have started their own businesses since participating in skills and livelihood training delivered by the project, including creating and selling handicrafts at the local markets. Photo: UN Women/Sarika Chand The city centre of Apia is festive today. The market stalls are laden with handmade mats, baskets and traditional jewellery made by women from rural Samoa; music and laughter lace the air. The two-day market is part of an event to showcase the results of a project... More

Photo: UN Women/Trisha Toangwera

Chiefs Nakamal hosts Vanuatu women market leaders

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Tears, laughter and appreciation filled the Chiefs Nakamal in Port Vila, Vanuatu last month as the first executives of the Silae Vanua Market Vendor Association (MVA) made way for new leadership at its Annual General Meeting (AGM). Member raising comment and question to executives. Photo: UN Women/Trisha Toangwera The Chiefs Nakamal, well known for its significant role in maintaining kastom in Vanuatu and used by Chiefs for governance meetings... More

Press release: Market Vendor Associations Reps equipped with leadership and good governance skills 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Friday 17 August 2018 (Solomon Islands): A total of 15 representatives from Auki Market Vendors Association (AMVA) completed a four day leadership and good governance training in Auki on Thursday 16 August. ... More

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Press release: Training Coaches for the New Get Into Rugby PLUS Programme

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Training Coaches for the New Get Into Rugby PLUS Programme - Coaches are developing key skills to support equal and safe rugby participation for girls and boys for the new Get Into Rugby PLUS life-skills programme... More

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Press release: Market Vendor Associations to undergo Leadership and Good Governance Training

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

More than 40 Market Vendor Association (MVA) representatives will undergo leadership and good governance training in Honiara, Auki and Gizo markets in Solomon Islands from August to November... More

Captain Anaseini Navua Vuniwaqa of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces. Photo: UN Women/Caitlin Gordon-King

Ready for peacekeeping deployment, with a gender lens

Monday, May 28, 2018

Captain Anaseini Navua Vuniwaqa of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, has taken part in two very different kinds of UN Peacekeeper trainings. At the UN Staff Officer’s Course in Beijing in 2017, she was the only international woman participant. “There were two other females that joined, but they were both from China, and then one had to drop out midway... More

Nausori Market Vendors Association President, Venina Vakarusere (left) and Nitesh Prasad, Ba Market Vendors Association President (right) at the handover of ration packs following severe floods in Fiji. Photo: UN Women/ Mouna Peters

Market Vendors show camaraderie after severe floods

Thursday, April 19, 2018

In the wake of Tropical Cyclone Josie in April 2018, severe flooding struck several parts of Fiji. The flooding in Ba and other areas badly affected market vendors, their markets and businesses, with many people evacuated. For Venina Vakarusere, President of the Nausori Market Vendors Association, the drive to support vendors at the Ba Market came naturally. With shared goals and challenges, and after building relationships through UN Women’s Markets for Change project... More

Aleta Miller, Representative of the UN Women Multi-Country Office (MCO)

OP-ED International Women's Day

Monday, March 12, 2018

International Women's Day, every 8 March, is a time for people across the Pacific region to celebrate the progress made towards gender equality. It's a day to commit ourselves to redouble our efforts to achieve equal access for Pacific women to education, employment, health, leadership, prosperity and other opportunities - and to realise the rights and benefits... More

This International Women's Day, a new multi-million dollar regional programme to improve gender equality and address violence against women and girls is being announced.  Photo: UN Women/Ellie van Baaren

New Pacific Partnership addresses gender equality and violence against women

Monday, March 12, 2018

This International Women's Day, a new EUR18.2 million regional programme to improve gender equality and address violence against women and girls is being announced. The new Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls (Pacific Partnership) brings... More

Publications

UN Women in the Pacific Newsletters

06 May 2016

Special Issue - Tropical Cyclone Winston | May 2016. In this issue: (*) Collecting the stories of Winston (*) Addressing the needs of women and girls (*) Getting the response right for women (*) Shaping the recovery process (*) Assessment crucial to ongoing activities (*) Preventing and responding to violence... More

Message by UN Women Fiji MCO Representative

Globally, one out of three women will experience physical or sexual violence in her lifetime. This increases to double the global average - two out of three women - in the Pacific. Violence against women is gender inequality at its most extreme... Read more

Annual Report 2015

This year has seen UN Women’s programmes in the Pacific reach more women than ever before. There is evidence of progress and that the needs, potential and contributions of Pacific women are being... Read more

Featured Publication

How to design projects to end violence against women and girls

  

This toolkit was developed by UN Women’s Pacific Regional Ending Violence against Women Facility Fund (Pacific Fund) in response to requests by stakeholders for practical, user-friendly materials and resources that would help them design and implement successful projects to end violence against women and girls. It is funded by the Australian Government... more

A Time To Stand

A Time To Stand - comic edition is the illustrated stories of Meri – a first-time political candidate – and Isabelle – a first-time voter – and the challenges they both face in a fictional Pacific Island country. The comic is a companion to the 10-part radio series launched online in 2014... more

Planet 50–50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality